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City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 12 June 1953 (USA)
Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writer:

Steve Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gig Young ... Johnny Kelly
Mala Powers ... Sally 'Angel Face' Connors
William Talman ... Hayes Stewart
Edward Arnold ... Penrod Biddel
Chill Wills ... Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago'
Marie Windsor ... Lydia Biddel
Paula Raymond ... Kathy Kelly
Otto Hulett ... Sgt. John 'Pop' Kelly Sr.
Wally Cassell ... Gregg Warren
Ron Hagerthy ... Stubby Kelly
James Andelin James Andelin ... Lt. Parker
Tom Poston ... Detective (as Thomas Poston)
Bunny Kacher Bunny Kacher ... Agnes DuBois
Philip L. Boddy Philip L. Boddy ... Maitre d'Hotel
Thomas Jones Thomas Jones ... Fancy Dan
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Storyline

Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...from the Honky Tonks to the penthouses...the creeps, the hoods, the killers come out to war with the city!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago - 12 Uhr Mitternacht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First credited feature film for actor-comedian Tom Poston. See more »

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Stuntman Dale Van Sickel is clearly seen instead of actor William Talman in the shot where Hayes Stewart jumps over the skylight during the rooftop chase. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago': I am the city, the hub and heart of America...
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is respectfully dedicated to the police and police departments of America - a brave army of men and women who form our first line of defense in preserving our sacred principles of personal liberty and justice. We gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the City of Chicago and its police and Police Department, whose cooperation made this picture possible. See more »

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A Spirit Spends a Night with the Chicago Police Force!
10 July 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Unless you've the skill of an O. Henry, it's pretty ridiculous to talk about the spirit of a city, even as a generalization. But when that "spirit" takes human form and joins the local police force, really it's too much! Whatever induced scriptwriter Steve Fisher to introduce this bizarrely extraneous element into his otherwise tight little tale of the seamier side of Chicago, it was a mistake.

Fortunately, the assignment was handed to John H. Auer, who was most definitely the class director of the Republic stable. The action scenes here are handled with his usual vigorous finesse and there's plenty of excitement. The movie was actually lensed on location in Chicago, the city's streets made forcefully real by John Russell's deft photography.

Gig Young registers okay as the hero, while Chill Wills is saddled with the "spirit". However there are top performances by seasoned players like Edward Arnold, Marie Windsor, William Talman, Paula Raymond, and Wally Cassell as the mechanical man. Mala Powers is suitably cast as "Angel Face".


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